Home Educating – Day 1 of Isolation

So I’ve decided to bring my blog back to life, specially now I’m home educating. A lot has happened in my little world. In 2016 I became a single parent. In 2018 my new boyfriend moved in with me. In 2019 my landlord sold the house and left us with no where to live (thankfully we found somewhere, but it’s by no means perfect). 2020… well!

It was going to be a big year for my son who will be turning 10 years old right smack bang in middle of Easter. My daughter would be taking her Year 2 SATs, nothing major but she was on track and doing well. My son and I both joined cheer-leading teams and were preparing for our first big competition in Blackpool end of May. Kids both joined gymnastics and my girl was loving Ballroom classes. Sure Universal Credit was still making life bloody hell for us, but I made sure my kids had everything and survived on a tight budget. Then… shit hit the fan!

My partner is disabled. Just a note, I call him my partner because “boyfriend” feels weird to me, as if we’re still teenagers at school going “wanna be my girlfriend?”. Anyway he has a number of health issues as well as having a rare disease. Because of this he is high risk, so for his safety we are told to isolate as best as we can. Tough when the rest of the country is buying all the damn food and there’s no bloody food delivery slots until god knows when. But anyway… it’s our first full day in isolation with two children.

French-Rainbow

Today we have been pretty chill. It would have been gymnastics and ballroom classes, however the dance studio we go to is now closed. We instead did some French lessons. My daughter will be learning French when she goes to Y3. Not knowing the future of it all, figured may as well prepare her for learning the language. My son has been learning French for 2 years now. He’s in Y5 and will be in Y6 when (and if!) the schools return in September. For now, we focused on the colours of the rainbow, “Arc en Ciel” in French. My son pronounced the colours properly and got my youngest to say them back to us as they painted each part of the Arc en Ciel. Downside? I didn’t own an indigo or a violet paint. So I made it with what colours we did have!

Afterwards they were allowed to play Stardew Valley. Lot of questions on what animals eat, where milk comes from, what a silo is, and learning about how farmers are hard working members of our society who make sure we get the fresh food we need. Yes, felt rather important to discuss this considering we’re now got a list of “key workers” to continue running our country during this 12 week isolation period.

Lunch was eaten, tummies were settled, then it was big of Physical Education. My son and I both did our Cheer dance routine for Dance 1, a dance we both recently did for our very first Cheer Award not that long ago. It got the blood pumping and helped us feel good as well. My daughter did some ballroom, she wanted to do her Jive dance so she did that dance.

Later my daughter was feeling bit clingy. So I asked if she could read me a story. She read the first chapter of Princess and the Pea to me, before going upstairs for a nap. My son mostly been playing Minecraft and with his Lego. Minecraft is a great educational tool and you can get it on pretty much any platform these days. We have it on Xbox One, Tablets, PC and Switch. Can’t get away from it now!

And that’s about it for us! Supplies food and drink wise are so-so. Friends have been helping us as we’re stuck indoors and whenever I can go out there’s nothing else for us. I hope something gets sorted soon…

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